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Compliant procurement support for Local Authorities.

Procurement teams in local authorities are facing multiple challenges. High inflation, tightening regulations, spending cuts, capacity issues and project delays, means that procurement leaders must find ways to leverage their function, deliver value for money to their constituents and mitigate risk.

eXceeding offers invaluable support to local authority procurement teams, providing both expertise and additional capacity to bolster internal resources, particularly during times of knowledge gaps or resource constraints.


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More than a third of all UK government spending on goods and services is spent by local government. But with one in 10 English councils expected to declare themselves bankrupt, there is more pressure than ever on procurement teams to do more with less.

Tendering for local authority procurement teams can range from major multi-million-pound building projects to essential day-to-day professional services and lower-value works. Delivering this pipeline can be challenging to manage, especially when you combine long time frames, complex processes, social value requirements and the scrutiny of local residents.

Some common challenges by local authority procurement teams include:

  • Regulation and compliance: Procurement processes must adhere to stringent regulations and standards, such as the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the Procurement Act 2023, which can be complex and time-consuming to navigate.
  • Budget constraints and limited financial resources: Local Authorities are increasing to struggle with finances, with a number issuing Section 114 notices. Inflation has also been a factor, resulting in many tenders coming in over budget. This results in a challenging environment for procurement functions.
  • Lack of access to quality spend data to make more informed decisions quickly: There is typically no consolidated view of spend data on which to perform analysis and seek opportunities for spend and supplier consolidation, or to deal with long tail spend.
  • Manual processes or dated procurement technology: Implementing and integrating modern procurement platforms and systems can be challenging due to existing legacy systems, limited budgets, and the need for staff training. Yet effective use of technology brings opportunities to streamline procurement processes and improve transparency.
  • Managing key stakeholder relationships: Engaging with various stakeholders, including elected officials, residents, and internal departments, can complicate procurement processes.
  • Driving social value: Local authorities are increasingly required to consider sustainability and social value in their procurement processes. Balancing these considerations with cost and efficiency can be difficult.
  • Political and public scrutiny: Procurement decisions can be subject to political and public scrutiny. Ensuring transparency and accountability while making efficient procurement decisions can be a delicate balance.
  • Skills gaps: Local authorities may lack the necessary expertise in procurement, particularly for specialised or complex purchases. This can lead to sub-optimal procurement practices and not achieve value for money.

Why eXceeding?

As the Procurement Act regulations loom, our assistance becomes even more crucial, helping local authorities to not only prepare for the changes but also identify opportunities and implement necessary adjustments.

By collaborating with eXceeding, clients benefit from unparalleled confidentiality standards. With triple ISO accreditation and Cyber Essentials certification, we ensure the utmost security and confidentiality of your data and information.

Furthermore, our best practice toolsets, a dedicated delivery team, and extensive category expertise in construction, facilities management and information technology provides peace of mind and a simplified procurement journey.

If you would like to speak to us about how we can support your procurement needs, please drop us an email or give us a call on 0330 088 1620.

At eXceeding, we’re here to help local authorities do things better: to save time, resources, create long term value, and deliver better results. Having worked with a number of local government organisations and the wider public sector, we have seen the challenges and frustrations experienced by procurement and category professionals and helped to solve them.

Take, for example, our work with one inner London Borough, where we ran a fully compliant process to award and manage multiple cost-effective short-term contracts.

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